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Update for 13th December
 
He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)
 
Readings for next Sunday, 17th December, Advent 3
First Reading: Isaiah 61.1-4, 8-11    Psalm 126
Second Reading: Thessalonians 5.16-24 Gospel: John 1.6-8, 19-28
 
Please hold the following people and those that they love and trust in your prayers over the next week:
Sean and Pat; Archie and Cheryl Anne; Peter and Steve; Bill; Bill; Linda, Rick and Carol; Margaret and family; Helen, Kathy; Des and Helen; Bruce; Venessa; Carol; Cyndi; Bertha and Fran; Dorothy and Teresa; Yvonne and Suzette; Tim and Judy; Justin; Sandra and Pat; Lila and Keith; Robby; Lynn; Alina and Jon; Brenda and Paul; Shirley and Dick; Barbara; Mary; Anne; Bernice; Dorothy; Diane and Jack, Chris, Alan and Margaret plus Jennifer, Cathy, Laurel, Ruth, Grace and Ken, Norma, Linda, Kelly, Susan, Lee, Linda, Margery and Jim, Tina, Kara, Virginia and Michelle. The Church of St Albans our Regional Ministry Partners
 
Funeral arrangements for parish member Don Brown, who died last week, have been finalised.  Visitation at the Logan Funeral Home 371 Dundas Street, on Sunday 17th December, 2-5.00 pm.  The funeral will at Logan Funeral Home on Monday 18th December, at 11.00 am, Fr. Bill conducting the service.  Interment will follow at St. John’s Arva Cemetery.
Pray for the repose of our friend Don, and for the comfort of his family.
 
This year’s Advent Prayer booklet “Advent Longings -15 minutes with God in Prayer” is available on line or in hard copy. You are encouraged to access this resource for your Advent journey. Some black and white hard copies will be in Narthex in time for Advent. We want to provide for anyone who wants a copy but don’t want to waste paper. More copies can always be made.  For additional copies or questions speak with Sharon Frank.
On line: http://www.anglican.ca/resources/trialuse/  OR  www.abundantliferesources.ca,
OR www.diohuron.org then go to Ministries and click on Abundant Life.
 
If you feel that yourself or someone you know would benefit from prayer, please contact the church office (Rev’d. Bill Ward or Rosalie) at 519-660-6198, OR call Sharon Frank (Prayer and Pastoral Care Team Leader) at 519-933-3164.
 
Thank you!! To Christina, Victoria, the choir and readers for a wonderful service of 9 Lessons and Carols last Sunday.  A heartwarming and inspiring event, as evidenced by the great upbeat mood in the Narthex after the service.  Thank you, all!  A wonderful start to our Christmas season.
 
DAILY BREAD   A middle aged man who had to give up wearing his watch because he couldn't afford a replacement battery!, a grandmother (raising her grandson) who had difficulty getting up the steps at the Cathedral, these are the people we are supporting with our donations. St Jude's food contribution this month was excellent, an exceptional contrbution! There is a letter of thanks from the Cathedral posted on the bulletin board near the donation area. For some, Christmas is a sad, lonely time.Your generosity is a great help for these people. Thank you.
 
Sunday School There will be Sunday school at the 9:30 service on Christmas Eve, and after that a break, and classes  will resume on January 7th.
 
In your mailboxes,  a letter from Fr. Bill and Fr. Matt, and the requested envelopes for 2018.
 
Parish Council nominations can now be given to the Nominating Committee (Derek Shadlock, Mike Geoghegan and Amanda Chalmers) in preparation for the 2018 Annual Vestry Meeting on 28th January.  You can nominate any parish member 16 years and older for Parish Council, being sure to have their permission first, or you can volunteer yourself for membership.  Nominations for Rector’s Warden are also sought.  Members will be elected at the Vestry meeting, and nominations do not close until that meeting.
 
Postage stamps Please remember to save the stamps you get as you receive your Christmas cards this year.  Bring them in for the CRASH cupboard and they will be sent to the Canadian Bible Society to buy Bibles.
 
Carrot Cake Jam!!  This unusual jam always sells out in quick time at our annual Bazaar, and we have faithful shoppers who come back each year for it.  A member of the Tai Chi class, which meets here each week, bought some, loves it, and desperately wants the recipe.  So, to the talented person who makes this preserve, would you be willing to share it with her?  If so, just email or bring it to the office some time, and we shall pass it on.
 
Beer and Bible, an initiative sponsored by St. Andrew Memorial and St. Jude Churches, takes place at Chaucer’s Pub (Carling and Talbot) on the second Wednesday of each month, starting at 7.00 pm. Fr. Matt is an active leader in these meetings, and, no, you don’t have to drink beer!  “Creation, Call and Journey - exploring the metaphors of the Bible”. Everyone welcome!! 
 
Christmas with the London Jazz Orchestra at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Thursday 14th December, 7.30 pm.  Tickets are $15.00, or $20.00 at the door; children under 12 free.  Call St. Paul’s box office at 519-434-2225.
 
Behold the Star!  “A Christmas Journey to the Light of Christ”, by Lloyd Larson, performed by Siloam Senior Choir, 1240 Fanshawe Park Road East, on Friday, December 15th at 7.00 pm. Freewill offering with proceeds going to support the music program.
 
Classic Family Movie Night – “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” featuring Burl Ives at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, 1320 Wilton Ave. on Saturday, December 16th – doors open at 6.30 pm, show starts at 7.00 pm.  Concession stand will be open!  Kids will receive a take-away gift.  Freewill offering.
 
See other Christmas Musical presentations on the bulletin board in the Narthex.
 
Lunch Bunch - advance notice.  Join us for lunch on January 5th when Judy Beldam will give a presentation on gray whales, blue whales, humpback whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, and many other species that make the west coast a mecca for whale watchers and nature lovers. Judy was a member of the American Cetacean Society, LA Chapter, a docent at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro, CA and a naturalist on whale boat excursions in Southern California for 18 years.
 
E'en in these bleak November days
There's gladness for the heart that heeds.
Charles Dawson Shanly (1811–75)
 
Readings for next Sunday, 3rd December, Advent 1
First Reading: Isaiah 64.1-9   Psalm 80. 1-7, 17-19
Second Reading: Corinthians 1.3-9  Gospel: Mark 13.24-37
 
Sharon’s  sermon from last Sunday, can be found on the church website, or you can just click on:
 
Please hold the following people and those that they love and trust in your prayers over the next week:
Linda, Don and Marion, Rick and Carol; Margaret and family; Helen, Kathy; Des and Helen; Bruce; Venessa; Carol; Cyndi; Bertha and Fran; Dorothy and Teresa; Yvonne and Suzette; Tim and Judy; Justin; Sandra and Pat; Lila and Keith; Robby; Lynn; Alina and Jon; Brenda and Paul; Shirley and Dick; Barbara; Mary; Anne; Bernice; Dorothy; Diane and Jack, Chris, Alan and Margaret, Cathy, Lauren, Ruth, Norma, Linda, Eileen, Sean and Pat, Kelly Doris, Wendy, Sandra, Tina and Chris, Michael, George, Robin, Elizabeth, David, Coleen, Nancy, Debbie
The Church of St Albans, our Regional Ministry Partners.
Rest in Peace: Maria Czerniawski. May her soul find rest eternal and rise in glory, and may son Dusan Novak and family find peace and comfort as they mourn.
Rest in Peace :  Kay Leslie Brown wife of Major the Rev’d Dr. Michael Peterson. May Kay Rest In Peace and rise in glory.
 
This year’s Advent Prayer booklet “Advent Longings -15 minutes with God in Prayer” is available on line or in hard copy. You are encouraged to access this resource for your Advent journey. Some black and white hard copies will be in Narthex in time for Advent. We want to provide for anyone who wants a copy but don’t want to waste paper. More copies can always be made.  For additional copies or questions speak with Sharon Frank.
On line:
OR www.diohuron.org  then go to Ministries and click on Abundant Life.
 
If you feel that yourself or someone you know would benefit from prayer, please contact the church office (Rev’d. Bill Ward or Rosalie) at 519-660-6198, OR call Sharon Frank (Prayer and Pastoral Care Team Leader) at 519-933-3164.
 
Regional Ministry news:  This Sunday, 3rd December, after the 10.00 am service, we shall be welcoming the congregation from St. Alban’s for brunch and a chance for us to meet and get to know each other.  In All Saints Hall, and food will be provided, so please come to welcome our new partners in ministry.
 
FundScrip. Carol and Rick advise us that FundScrip is now offering Tim Horton’s gift cards in $15.00 and $25.00 denominations (Finally!!  Timmys!!). We will be taking orders for all cards on December 3rd . This will be the last one before the holidays - great stocking stuffers!!.
Make sure you stock up on Christmas gifts, grocery cards and gas cards to carry you through the holiday season.
 
Christmas Lunch Bunch will meet Friday 1st December, Holy Eucharist at 11.15 am, followed by a scrumptious Christmas lunch around 12.00 noon.  Turkey, dressing and gravy will be provided, but bring your favourite veggie, salads, dessert, etc., for all to share - yes, wine too if you like!!  (Maybe best to check with Glenda, 519-951-8154, about what you will bring, to make sure things are balanced).
Following lunch, once again Christina and husband Andrew will be here to lead us in Carols and Christmas favourites.  Everyone is welcome!!
 
After Bazaar sales!!  The ACW ladies will be offering items, left unsold at the Bazaar, for sale after both services this Sunday - in the St. Martha Room, lower level.  A chance to get some of those things you missed!
 
Stamps!! As you receive Christmas cards this year, don’t forget to save the stamps - they can be used to buy Bibles.
 
Also, stamps!   In 1976 Canada Post used one of our windows for a Christmas stamp, the Nativity window given by the Rev’d. Lloyd Cracknell in Memory of his wife.  We have just been given a first cover sheet of these stamps, which we can dispose of in any way we like, but do they have a value?  A lot of parish members bought these stamps on the day of issue.  Is there a parish philatelist who can advise us on their possible value, and how best we can find a good home fo them?
 
Envelopes.  We shall soon be making up your envelopes for 2018.  Unless we hear from you to the contrary, the same envelope orders will be made up as for 2017.  Please let Rosalie know as soon as possible.
 
The church's Sunday School and Youth want to say - A big, big, thank you to everyone who supported the Sunday school children and youth at their bake sale on Sunday. Once again the kids were overwhelmed by the wonderful response from the parishioners in support of their outreach project. They raised $577.00! Over and above this a donation of $500.00 was received to put towards our outreach initiatives. This year we will be supporting three families with a total of ten children. We shall be going shopping on Saturday evening to find gifts for these families, and any children who wish to join the shopping trip please contact Michelle Davis. Also, thank you!! to the families for their contributions of baked goods.
 
Christmas on Memory Lane.  An evening of seasonal music at St. George’s Anglican Church, 227 Wharncliffe Road, this Friday 1st December, starting at 7.30 pm.  Featuring a host of stars!  Angus Sinclair, Rev’ds  Matt (Elvis) Martin, Tim Connor, and Dale Nikkel and family, the Cantorian Choir, etc. 
Tickets are $20.00 adults, Students $15.00, Children $10.00 from 519-438-2994.
 
On Saturday, December 2nd , London community choirs and instrumentalists will again join together at St. Paul's Cathedral to present the “Children's Messiah”, beginning at 4.00 pm.  It is a specially-designed, one-hour, performance of the best-known arias and choruses from G. F. Handel's well-loved oratorio 'Messiah'.
The performance is designed so that children may respond to the music in their own age-appropriate way. Last year the children danced, ran around (including amongst the choir and instrumentalists), were engaged with the performers and had an experience of a lifetime.
Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided for the children after the performance.
 
Brassroots presents its annual Christmas concert on Saturday, December 9th at 7:30 pm at St. James Westminster Church, 115 Askin St., London.  Our annual celebration of the Joy of Christmas features guests Stephen Holowitz and the Choir of St. James Westminster Anglican Church, offering festive fanfares, carols and seasonal favorites.
Pay-What-You-Can at the door, with our best wishes for the holiday season!
 
Christmas in our Time.  At St. John the Evangelist church, at 2.30 pm on Sunday 10th December, St. John’s Children’s Ministry presents a play in which the Nativity figures question their relevance in today’s busy world.  No charge, and carol singing, hot chocolate, cider and cookies after the show!!
 
Synchro swimming!!  On Sunday 3rd December, 6.30 - 8.00 pm, the London Synchronised Swimming Team will present a spectacular show of precision swimming at the CG Aquatic Centre.  A chance to see Ellie show off her talents!!  Fr. Bill and Aimee will probably be there!
Entry by donation.
 
Victorian Christmas Tea on 9th December is sold out!!  (Told you to get your tickets early)
  
Update for 29th November
 
E'en in these bleak November days
There's gladness for the heart that heeds.
Charles Dawson Shanly (1811–75)
 
Readings for next Sunday, 3rd December, Advent 1
First Reading: Isaiah 64.1-9   Psalm 80. 1-7, 17-19
Second Reading: Corinthians 1.3-9  Gospel: Mark 13.24-37
 
Sharon’s  sermon from last Sunday, can be found on the church website, or you can just click on:
 
Please hold the following people and those that they love and trust in your prayers over the next week:
Linda, Don and Marion, Rick and Carol; Margaret and family; Helen, Kathy; Des and Helen; Bruce; Venessa; Carol; Cyndi; Bertha and Fran; Dorothy and Teresa; Yvonne and Suzette; Tim and Judy; Justin; Sandra and Pat; Lila and Keith; Robby; Lynn; Alina and Jon; Brenda and Paul; Shirley and Dick; Barbara; Mary; Anne; Bernice; Dorothy; Diane and Jack, Chris, Alan and Margaret, Cathy, Lauren, Ruth, Norma, Linda, Eileen, Sean and Pat, Kelly Doris, Wendy, Sandra, Tina and Chris, Michael, George, Robin, Elizabeth, David, Coleen, Nancy, Debbie
The Church of St Albans, our Regional Ministry Partners.
Rest in Peace: Maria Czerniawski. May her soul find rest eternal and rise in glory, and may son Dusan Novak and family find peace and comfort as they mourn.
Rest in Peace :  Kay Leslie Brown wife of Major the Rev’d Dr. Michael Peterson. May Kay Rest In Peace and rise in glory.
 
This year’s Advent Prayer booklet “Advent Longings -15 minutes with God in Prayer” is available on line or in hard copy. You are encouraged to access this resource for your Advent journey. Some black and white hard copies will be in Narthex in time for Advent. We want to provide for anyone who wants a copy but don’t want to waste paper. More copies can always be made.  For additional copies or questions speak with Sharon Frank.
On line:
OR www.diohuron.org  then go to Ministries and click on Abundant Life.
 
If you feel that yourself or someone you know would benefit from prayer, please contact the church office (Rev’d. Bill Ward or Rosalie) at 519-660-6198, OR call Sharon Frank (Prayer and Pastoral Care Team Leader) at 519-933-3164.
 
Regional Ministry news:  This Sunday, 3rd December, after the 10.00 am service, we shall be welcoming the congregation from St. Alban’s for brunch and a chance for us to meet and get to know each other.  In All Saints Hall, and food will be provided, so please come to welcome our new partners in ministry.
 
FundScrip. Carol and Rick advise us that FundScrip is now offering Tim Horton’s gift cards in $15.00 and $25.00 denominations (Finally!!  Timmys!!). We will be taking orders for all cards on December 3rd . This will be the last one before the holidays - great stocking stuffers!!.
Make sure you stock up on Christmas gifts, grocery cards and gas cards to carry you through the holiday season.
 
Christmas Lunch Bunch will meet Friday 1st December, Holy Eucharist at 11.15 am, followed by a scrumptious Christmas lunch around 12.00 noon.  Turkey, dressing and gravy will be provided, but bring your favourite veggie, salads, dessert, etc., for all to share - yes, wine too if you like!!  (Maybe best to check with Glenda, 519-951-8154, about what you will bring, to make sure things are balanced).
Following lunch, once again Christina and husband Andrew will be here to lead us in Carols and Christmas favourites.  Everyone is welcome!!
 
After Bazaar sales!!  The ACW ladies will be offering items, left unsold at the Bazaar, for sale after both services this Sunday - in the St. Martha Room, lower level.  A chance to get some of those things you missed!
 
Stamps!! As you receive Christmas cards this year, don’t forget to save the stamps - they can be used to buy Bibles.
 
Also, stamps!   In 1976 Canada Post used one of our windows for a Christmas stamp, the Nativity window given by the Rev’d. Lloyd Cracknell in Memory of his wife.  We have just been given a first cover sheet of these stamps, which we can dispose of in any way we like, but do they have a value?  A lot of parish members bought these stamps on the day of issue.  Is there a parish philatelist who can advise us on their possible value, and how best we can find a good home fo them?
 
Envelopes.  We shall soon be making up your envelopes for 2018.  Unless we hear from you to the contrary, the same envelope orders will be made up as for 2017.  Please let Rosalie know as soon as possible.
 
The church's Sunday School and Youth want to say - A big, big, thank you to everyone who supported the Sunday school children and youth at their bake sale on Sunday. Once again the kids were overwhelmed by the wonderful response from the parishioners in support of their outreach project. They raised $577.00! Over and above this a donation of $500.00 was received to put towards our outreach initiatives. This year we will be supporting three families with a total of ten children. We shall be going shopping on Saturday evening to find gifts for these families, and any children who wish to join the shopping trip please contact Michelle Davis. Also, thank you!! to the families for their contributions of baked goods.
 
Christmas on Memory Lane.  An evening of seasonal music at St. George’s Anglican Church, 227 Wharncliffe Road, this Friday 1st December, starting at 7.30 pm.  Featuring a host of stars!  Angus Sinclair, Rev’ds  Matt (Elvis) Martin, Tim Connor, and Dale Nikkel and family, the Cantorian Choir, etc. 
Tickets are $20.00 adults, Students $15.00, Children $10.00 from 519-438-2994.
 
On Saturday, December 2nd , London community choirs and instrumentalists will again join together at St. Paul's Cathedral to present the “Children's Messiah”, beginning at 4.00 pm.  It is a specially-designed, one-hour, performance of the best-known arias and choruses from G. F. Handel's well-loved oratorio 'Messiah'.
The performance is designed so that children may respond to the music in their own age-appropriate way. Last year the children danced, ran around (including amongst the choir and instrumentalists), were engaged with the performers and had an experience of a lifetime.
Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided for the children after the performance.
 
Brassroots presents its annual Christmas concert on Saturday, December 9th at 7:30 pm at St. James Westminster Church, 115 Askin St., London.  Our annual celebration of the Joy of Christmas features guests Stephen Holowitz and the Choir of St. James Westminster Anglican Church, offering festive fanfares, carols and seasonal favorites.
Pay-What-You-Can at the door, with our best wishes for the holiday season!
 
Christmas in our Time.  At St. John the Evangelist church, at 2.30 pm on Sunday 10th December, St. John’s Children’s Ministry presents a play in which the Nativity figures question their relevance in today’s busy world.  No charge, and carol singing, hot chocolate, cider and cookies after the show!!
 
Synchro swimming!!  On Sunday 3rd December, 6.30 - 8.00 pm, the London Synchronised Swimming Team will present a spectacular show of precision swimming at the CG Aquatic Centre.  A chance to see Ellie show off her talents!!  Fr. Bill and Aimee will probably be there!
Entry by donation.
 
Victorian Christmas Tea on 9th December is sold out!!  (Told you to get your tickets early)